The list of 108 Sastha temples consecrated by Lord Parasurama in Kerala and brief note of Sabarimala temple
Lord Parasurama who was the founder of Kerala is supposed to have consecrated 108 , Sastha(Not Ayyappa) temples in Kerala. The list is given below.
List of 108 Sastha Temples in Kerala
The present Sabarimala temple is one of them. .It is believed prince Ayyappa of Pandalam , after refusing to become king of Pandalam is supposed to have come to this ancient temple of Lord Sastha and meditated here. As he was an incarnation of God Sastha, he became one with the idol at the temple . That is possibky the reason that this temple is called as a temple of Lord Ayyappa as well as the temple of Sastha .
According to Legends Dharma Sastha , the Bhootha nadha rode on an elephant with staff, rope , goad anf spear, while Lord Ayyappa rode on a black tiger and was armed with bow and arrow.. It is believed that Lord Ayyappa was originally having 18 weapons , which he left as 18 steps before entering the Sastha temple. In that temple he has only two hands is unarmed .He wears dress like the sanyasis with dress going up to just below the knee.By his left hand he shows Chin mudhra and the right hand he folds up to his chest. Very near his temple is the temple of Malika purathamma , who is the Yakshi who was cursed to become the Rakshasi called Mahishi , Lord Ayyappa had promised her that the year no First time Ayyappa(Called Kanni ayyappa) commes to SAbari mala and puts an arrow on the Saram kuthiyal , he will marry her. So every year after the Annual Sabari mala Pilgrimage is over , She comes on an elephant to saram Kuthiyal and goes back disappointed as many Kanni Ayyappa has come there. . In her temple compound , There is one Kadutha Sami (called Chiriya Kadutha swami) to guard her. Just below the Pathinettam Padi , there are temples for Vavar as well as Another Kadutha Swami who are supposed to screen the pilgrims trying to climb the eighteen steps without observing the required penance .